Reynolds, McAllister lead Tribe to 9-4 win
Tribe solves Sale, White Sox to win second straight
Cleveland, Ohio — First baseman Mark Reynolds hit his second career grand slam in a Cleveland-dominated fifth inning and Zach McAllister pitched into the seventh as the Indians won their second straight game with a 9-4 win over the Chicago White Sox Saturday.
After the White Sox scored a pair of unearned runs in the top of the first, the Tribe answered back with two runs of their own off Chicago starter Chris Sale. Following two ground outs to begin the inning, second baseman Ryan Raburn, filling in for an injured Jason Kipnis, walked and scored on a two-run home run to left by designated hitter Nick Swisher. The homer was Swisher's first of the year and first in an Indians uniform.
After Swisher hit a two-out double off the wall in left, Reynolds hit an RBI single to put Cleveland on top 3-2 in the bottom of the third.
In the fifth, Cabrera hit a leadoff single and Raburn doubled to put runners on second and third. Swisher was then hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Reynolds provided the game's crushing blow by hitting a 1-1 pitch 417 feet into the left field bleachers to put the Tribe up 7-2. The slam put Reynolds at five runs-batted in for the day, tying his career high. He leads the Indians with five homers and 13 RBI.
"You're always one swing away from spreading the game out or winning it," said Indians manager Terry Francona. "That's what he brings."
Following the grand slam, Sale (1-1, 5.21) hit left fielder Michael Brantley with the first pitch of the at-bat. Home plate umpire Ed Hickox warned both dugouts and Sale appeared to be visibly upset.
"When it happened to Carrasco, it cost him 8 games," said Francona. "That's all I know."
Following a fly out, Deunte Heath replaced Sale and promptly allowed a two-run homer to catcher Yan Gomes, which was both his first hit and home run in an Indians uniform. The dinger put Cleveland up 9-2 and closed the book on Sale, who had a career worst outing. Over four and one-third innings, he allowed eight runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out three.
In his first 15 games against the Indians, Sale had allowed eight runs in 34 and one-third innings. The Tribe lineup doubled that number in just over four innings Saturday.
Following a shaky first inning, McAllister (1-1, 2.19) did his best Justin Masterson impression over six and one-third innings. He allowed three runs (one earned) on five hits while striking out six. He made just 89 pitches (66 strikes).
After McAllister hit Alexei Ramirez with a pitch, Francona called on Bryan Shaw to finish the inning. After forcing a pop fly for the second out of the inning, Shaw gave up a two-run homer to right off the bat of Alejandro De Aza. De Aza's homer was his second of the season and provided the game's 9-4 final score.
Cleveland will go for the sweep against Chicago Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. Brett Myers (0-1, 12.19) will make his second start of the season against White Sox righty Jake Peavy (1-1, 5.56). With a win, the Tribe would have a winning record for the first time since April 3 in Toronto.
Notes: Catcher Carlos Santana took batting practice with the team but was a late scratch from the lineup. … Jason Giambi is expected to get his first start of the season Sunday after being activated from the disabled list Friday.
Nathan Kemp graduated from The University of Akron in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in English. He plans to pursue a graduate degree through NEOMFA in the fall. Follow him on Twitter @NathanCKemp.
He looked like a veteran pitcher in complete control of his stuff.
Swisher's blast in the first inning was huge. He got it going and showed that Sale was hittable. Sale had the worst start of his career. He just didn't seem to be on top of his game for some reason. We'll see him a few more times this year, however, and he'll be tougher to hit the next time.